"He is at the epicenter of our time, ours in South Africa, and yours, wherever you are."-Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate
The anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.Take a moment with his timeless words.22 Inspirational Quotes From Nelson Mandela (click to tweet this):1. "As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”2. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”3. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”4. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”5. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”6. “I am the captain of my soul.”7. “Where you stand depends on where you sit.”8. “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”9. “Appearances matter — and remember to smile.”10. “Courage is not the absence of fear — it's inspiring others to move beyond it.”11. “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”12. “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”13. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”14. “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation”15. “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”16. “Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”17. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”18. “Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”19. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion… if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”20. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”21. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”22. "It always seems impossible until it's done." XOPS: UN Women Remember… Nelson Mandela's work to bring women to the table during peace talks in Burundi. Learn more about this historical moment here.